A Complete Guide to Summertime Moving

September 23, 2014 3:21 pm

This summer has been a relatively mild one, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been hot. The near forecast is looking pretty pleasant, but if there’s one thing we know about Oklahoma weather it’s that you should always be ready for near-instant change.

We see a lot of people moving into new homes during the summer, and we have accumulated a few tips that we believe should be helpful for those moving during the heat.

  1. Stay hydrated.

This is always important, but drinking plenty of water is especially critical during the hot summer days. Your body needs water to cool itself, so make sure to drink plenty of it. Gatorade and other sports drinks can help you replenish electrolytes, but there’s nothing more important than good old-fashioned water.

  1. Wear appropriate clothes.

When you’re moving, you’re not trying to impress anyone. Moving is hard work, so dress as if you were going to the gym. One caveat: if your move will involve a lot of time in the sun, consider wearing a baggy, long-sleeved shirt. This will help your skin breath while also shading it from the sun. You should also wear sunscreen.

  1. Be prepared.

When moving, plan ahead. Box everything ahead of time and label those boxes well. Think about where each box will go in your new house, and try to deliver it to that room directly. The more organized you are before you begin, the happier you will be when moving and unpacking.

It’s also really helpful if you can sort out your utilities beforehand. There are few things worse than resting in a house without A/C after a hot day of moving. Get electricity, water, internet, etc. started before you move in, and you won’t regret it.

Also, don’t forget to stock your new house with some refreshments and snacks. Chill your beverages beforehand; buy some snacks; and don’t forget to set aside a few cups and dishes to use while moving. You don’t want to pack absolutely everything up because you’ll want to have things you can use while moving.

  1. Get help.

Whether this takes the form of few buddies (preferably with large pickup trucks) or a professional moving company, don’t try to do everything yourself. If you do, you’re going to wear yourself out, and you’ll also increase your risk of hurting yourself.

Regardless of whether you’re paying them or not, be thoughtful with how you treat your helpers. Make sure to provide them with plenty of water and something to eat as well, if financially possible.

If you’re planning on hiring a moving company, make sure to schedule them well in advance. They tend to be busiest during the summer months, so they may not be available last-minute.

  1. Set aside plenty of time — don’t rush it.

When it’s hot, there’s no need to try to move absolutely everything in one day. Whenever possible, try to spread it out over a few days. This will allow you to work when it’s coolest and take plenty of breaks when it’s hot. Don’t overexert yourself.

  1. Plan for kids and pets.

Hot weather and constant movement don’t make for the best situation for young children and pets. If possible, try to arrange somewhere else for them to stay while you are moving. If that’s not possible, be mindful of how they are handling the activity and heat.

  1. Be mindful of heat-sensitive items.

Not everything should be thrown in a hot moving van or in the back of a truck. Aside from the usual risks of items breaking in trucks, some items don’t handle excessive heat very well. Items like electronics, foods, candles, and others can melt or warp it the heat.